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The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Arthaland co-present an exhibition of visual artworks and ethnographic objects from the CCP 21st Century Art Museum (21AM) Collection.

Arthaland, the foremost green property developer in the Philippines, is committed to building sustainable developments. With a vision that extends to enriching lives at home, work, in communities, and throughout the nation, Arthaland’s projects epitomize a holistic approach to prosperity.

Introducing “Udtong Tutok: Art at High Noon,” a remarkable collaboration between Arthaland and the CCP that underlines the company’s resolute commitment to sustainable growth. By leveraging the power of art, Arthaland seeks to foster youth involvement and enhance cultural awareness, showcasing their steadfast dedication to a brighter, greener future. Udtong Tutok frames the exhibition as an illuminating gesture amidst uncertain times, a coming together of seemingly diverse unrelated things that when juxtaposed into one another could provide new perspectives and insights that may challenge the conventional understanding of Philippine art and culture.

Udtong Tutok: Art at High Noon celebrates the convergence of diverse cultures noting the importance of tensions and contradictions, affinities and continuities that shape a collective impulse to imagine and create. It is a gathering of ideas, virtues and values, angst and anguish that need to be recognized and looked upon rather clearly so as to chart a new direction for Filipino creatives and cultural workers to thrive.

Udtong Tutok as an illuminating action sheds light upon the significance of regional cultures in the development of Philippine art. By bringing the works outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines to the regions, the objects encounter new audiences – inviting strangers to pause from their busy day, to converse with them, unravel new paradigms, and chart new relationships. In the context of Cebu, the exhibition aims at providing the much-needed conversation on Philippine modern and contemporary art amidst Cebuano artists’ strong leanings towards academic classicism. The exhibition remembers the efforts of national artist Jose Joya who came to Cebu to help establish the first fine arts program outside of Manila in 1975. Since then, his annual visits to Cebu opened up important conversations on modern art and its practices, creating cross-cultural artistic encounters between Manila and Cebu-based artists and ushering in a new direction in Cebuano artmaking. True to its history as a place of encounters, Cebu continues to be an encouraging place for artists of varied interest to reflect, refract and diffract the waves of creativity into forms that speak true to themselves, their passions and beliefs.

Featuring artworks by:
National Artist Napoleon Abueva + National Artist Federico Alcuaz + National Artist Benedicto Cabrera National Artist Ang Kiukok + National Artist Jose Joya +
Paz Abad Santos
Felix Abesamis Angelito Antonio Antonio Austria + Roderico Jose Daroy + Imelda Cajipe Endaya Josefina Escudero
Lao Lianben
David Medalla + Edsel Moscoso + Justin Nuyda + Romulo Olazo + Rod Paras-Perez + Lisa Perez
Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. + Roger San Miguel Solomon Saprid + Manuel Soriano + Phillip Victor +
Ethnographic objects from ethnolinguistic groups of:
Bagobo Blaan Bontoc Gaddang Ifugao Ilongot Itneg Kalinga Mandaya Manobo Maranao T’boli


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